Phillies 7, Diamondbacks 1
Game 101 - Wednesday Night, July 28th in Philadelphia
Over and over again, the Phillies' broadcasters used one word to describe the atmosphere tonight at Citizens Bank Park: Electric. Roy Halladay was on the mound, which is an event onto itself. But the majority of the buzz was generated by the Major League debut of the Phillies' top prospect, Domonic Brown. Brown was summoned from AAA Lehigh Valley this afternoon when it became apparent Shane Victorino's strained ribcage was going to land him on the DL.
Brown received a standing ovation when introduced in the 2nd inning. On the third pitch he saw in the Majors, Brown doubled to deep right, scoring Jayson Werth with the first run of the game. He singled in the 6th and came around to score on Carlos Ruiz' 2-run double. He ran the bases like a gazelle and broadcasters (and fans viewing at home) were positively giddy with his debut performance. The offense continues to flourish under the pure genius of new hitting coach Greg Gross, as Raul Ibañez had 2 more hits, while Werth and Ruiz each enjoyed 3-hit nights.
Halladay's complete game victory was almost an afterthought. He threw 114 pitches (78 for strikes), allowing 6 hits while walking none and striking out 9. The Phils have now won 7 in a row and their last 10 home games. This is starting to be fun again.
Almost as important as his arrival to the show is Brown's appearance on his first 0f hopefully many Chachi cards. He's #47 in the 2010 set.
Phillies debut: July 28, 2010
How acquired: Selected by the Phillies in the 20th round of the June 2006 draft
Others wearing #9 in the 2000s: Brad Mills (coach) 2000, David Newhan 2001, Tomas Perez 2001-2005, Michael Bourn 2006-2007, Chris Snelling 2008, Tadahito Iguchi 2008, Miguel Cairo 2009
Pictured: Spring Training action, back when he was wearing #78, on February 25, 2010